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CHAPTER SEVEN - THE SPANISH GALLEYS

the Strait of Gibraltar in the Mediterranean.
`Too frail for the Atlantic,' Hornblower commented.
It was easy to deduce the reasons for the survival of this small number - the innate conservatism of the Spaniards would account for it to a large extent. Then there was the point that condemnation to the galleys was one way of disposing of criminals. And when all was said and done a galley might still be useful in a calm - merchant ships becalmed while trying to pass the Strait of Gibraltar might be snapped up by galleys pushing out from Cadiz or Carthagena. And at the very lowest estimate there might be some employment for galleys to tow vessels in and out of harbour with the wind unfavourable.
`Mr Hornblower!' said Eccles. 'My respects to the captain, and we're ready to get under way.'
Hornblower dived below with his message.
`My compliments to Mr Eccles,' said Pellew, looking up from his desk, `and I'll be on deck immediately.'
There was just enough of a southerly breeze to enable the Indefatigable to weather the point in safety. With her anchor catted she braced round her yards and began to steal seaward; in the disciplined stillness which prevailed the sound of the ripple of water under her cutwater was clearly to be heard - a musical note which told nothing, in its innocence, of the savagery and danger of the world of the sea into which she was entering. Creeping along under her topsails the Indefatigable made no more than three knots, and the galleys came surging past her again, oars beating their fastest rhythm, as if the galleys were boasting of their independence of the elements. Their gilt flashed in the sun as they overtook to windward, and once again their foul stench offended the nostrils of the men of the Indefatigable.
`I'd be obliged if they'd keep to leeward of us,' muttered Pellew, watching them through his glass. `But I suppose that's not Spanish courtesy. Mr Cutler!'
`Sir !' said the gunner.

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